Film Showing of the PBS Documentary
SLAVERY by Another Name
February 29 Wednesday 7pm
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This PBS documentary challenges one of our country's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.
Based on Douglas Blackmon's research, Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this "neoslavery" to begin and persist. Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. The big untold story about neoslavery is the unpaid labor in the mines, roads, manufactoring and industry.
The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon and with leading scholars of this period.
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